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BS Syllabus



Barge supervisor (BS)

  • Knowledge, experience and competence in each of the following matters is considered necessary for the proper discharge of the essential safety and pollution prevention functions assigned to the barge supervisor:

  • Stability and construction: the stability concepts specified for the ballast control operator plus a period of service in that capacity; Construction: principles of construction, structural members, watertight integrity and damage control

  • Emergency duties: responsibilities set forth in the emergency plan or operating manual relating to the safety of the MOU

  • Communications: communication procedures for normal operations and for an emergency

  • Safe working practices: Occupational safety, health and hygiene

  • Hazardous areas

  • Permits to work

  • Work over water

  • Work in enclosed spaces

  • Personnel training; and

  • Understanding and inspection of safety equipment

  • Regulatory requirements: international and national regulations and recommendations affecting operations

  • Emergency first aid: provision of first aid to a casualty pending transfer to a medical facility

  • Transit operations: The 1972 Collision Regulations, as amended;  Navigation and electronic navigational aids appropriate to the type of MOU; and  Towing procedures, including recovery of tow

  • Seamanship

  • Heavy weather

  • Store and bulk liquid transfer

  • Maneuvering and positioning

  • Anchor handling; and

  • Dynamic positioning, if applicable

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